24 hour music revolutions

I finally saw 24 Hour Party People last night, after weeks of anxious distractions. I lived with a a friend who experienced that musical period firsthand (from Chicago, not Manchester), and he piqued my interest. After seeing the movie, I’m even more hungry for information.

Given, 24HPP focuses on one first hand account of the period. But this one perspective contains much more that 2 hours worth of raw information. As the movie suggests, I’m sure there will be an inordinant amount of source material on the DVD (which according to the movie website should already be released). But the Factory Records biography is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg: what about The Smiths, The Stone Roses, 808 State, The Charlatans, Inspiral Carpets, The Buzzcocks, James…

It’s odd how certain places are inundated with innovation, while others struggle to be placed on the map. Manchester and Detroit both stand out as cities not exactly in the center of the cultural universe, but somehow produce music revolution after music revolution. Something about their social and economic chemistry inspires generation after generation to push the envelope in some way or another. I just hope I be there for the next wave.

Virtual Manchester: History of Manchester Pop

Manchester Online: Manchester Bands

Allmusic: Artists and Groups from Manchester

Discogs: Factory Records Discography

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